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Glass toys fifteen hundred years old have been taken from the grave of a child in the course of some excavations at Rheinhessen, Germany. In Silesia there has just been bored the deepest hole in the world. It passes through eiglity three separate beds of coal and is 6.520 feet deep. In Zululand, when the moon is at the full, objects are distinctly visible at as great a distance as seven miles. By starlight one can see to read print with ease. In the short reign of Edward "VI. ot England, the Protestant book of common prayer was estab lished, and a Protestant confes sion was prepared and imposed upon the church by authority. Prof. Alexander Graham Bell is now busily engaged in perfect ing an instrument which carries words on the rays of light. He lias already succeeded in telephon ing by this means for a single mile. A man who claims to know some thing about dogs advises any one wishing to pick out a good puppy from a litter, to let the mother choose for him. He says that in moving her pups, the mother dog always picks up the best one last. A medical contemporary men tions. on the authority of Dr. Alexander, that the planting of osiers on a large scale in north western India has been useful in stamping out malaria in a notori ously unhealthy valley covered with stagnant pools. Thomas Jefferson was averse to titles of honor, and maintained in official station and at home a se vere republican simplicity. The later years of his life were devoted in a great measure, to the estab lishment of the University of Vir ginia. an institution in which he took a great and just pride. The geological fault of the Jor dan-Araban Valley has a length of 270 miles or more from the Gulf of Akabah to the base of Hermon. and is undoubtedly much longer. Another great line of fracture is now reported from southern Afghanistan, where Oapt. A. H. AlcMahon has traced a re markable trench for 120 miles in a north-northeast and south-south west direction, finding it to be clearly a fault line. According to a statement in Cosmos, the fishermen of Holland take the precaution of killing all fish caught as soon as they are landed, while French fishermen, <on the contrary, allow the fish to die from asphyxiation. It is urged that the Dutch custom should be universally followed, not only from considerations of mercy, but because fish that are promptly killed are in much better condi tion for the table. Tie a string about a yard long to a common door key and take the string in your right hand, holding it so the string will clear the floor four or five inches. If you hold the string steady enough the key will begin to swing back and forth in a line. Let another person take your left hand in his and the motion of the key will change from the pendulum-like swing to a circular swing. 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